The Informatics Unit at the CBG oversees a 2200ft2 state-of-the-art data centre that hosts more than 1500 processors and 200 terobytes of storage. The staff employs a large cross-functional meeting space often used as a project command centre. The rest of the rooms are dedicated as flex-use group spaces for team members working on various informatics projects. These rooms enable dynamic project teams to form quickly and efficiently for research, team programming, systems design, curation, and other such activities.
The Informatics Unit is responsible for fulfilling all computational and informatics needs at the CBG, while also supporting the international research community. One of the solutions is BOLD, the main database for DNA barcoding. The Informatics Unit is responsible for maintenance, development, and expansion of BOLD, as well as the underlying server systems that are required to run it, while providing scalability for the future in terms of storage and performance. The Unit works to find innovative and integrated solutions for the hardware and software needs for its global users as the size and complexity of data increase.
The Informatics Unit is also responsible for providing researchers with support in the analysis of large data and sequence analysis, transformations, and visualizations. A Data support team within the Unit is tasked with supporting external researchers directly, providing validation, curation, and maintenance support for data, as well as data analysis and data interpretation assistance. Many of these support solutions are custom designed alongside other researchers, which leads to publications of new analysis methods. The researchers in the Informatics Unit also work on novel ways to enhance and expedite the DNA barcoding process, such as methods of sequence base calling.